Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather

Only the president (or, in the president’s absence, the provost or associate provost) has the authority to cancel classes in the event of severe weather. Should weather create potentially hazardous conditions, Lindenwood University will evaluate the situation and take into consideration the safety of faculty, staff, and students as well as the services that must be provided despite the inclement weather. After this careful evaluation and depending on the hazardous weather conditions (e.g., tornado, snow/ice, etc.), an alert will be sent to students, faculty, and staff via a Rave system text message and email message, as necessary. This alert will detail the appropriate action required of faculty, staff, and students and will also specify the essential services that must be provided despite the inclement weather. Instructors are expected to schedule a make-up class meeting when evening classes are cancelled due to inclement weather.

In the unlikely event that the normal work and/or class schedule are to be altered, an announcement will be posted on the university’s website ( and An announcement will also be distributed via email and the Rave system. Separate announcements may be made regarding evening classes (those classes starting at or after 4 p.m.).

The university strives to maintain its teaching, research, and service activities in accordance with established schedules and operational demands. To this end, suspension or cancellation of classes due to inclement weather will be avoided whenever possible. Because certain essential functions of the university must be provided at all times, campus operations will not be suspended in the event of severe weather even though classes may be cancelled.